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Bush Prestige - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 19
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Bush Prestige starts out as Bush Ambrée, which instead of being stored as traditionally in stainless steel vats is matured in oak barrels for a period of six months.

During bottling, a small quantity of sugar and yeast is added to the beer, which, placed in a hot room, causes refermentation in the bottle that gives it a natural cloudiness and a particularly high alcohol content of 13%."

(Beer added by: kmpitz2 on 12-19-2004)
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Photo of roblowther


4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

2007 vintage, aged at 58F. 750ml capped & corked, poured into a chalice. SERIOUS carbonation, pops like a champagne cork. Produces a very active rocky white head, the beer is a luminous orange that catches the light beautifully. Smells of wood, oranges, and flowers, with a sharp pepper for character. Taste is very woody, with a nuttiness or an oat-like flavor and a malty dominance. The floral and fruit evident in the aroma have been selected out of the flavor by this point in the aging, with the exception of a citrus/pepper finish. Very smooth. Not complex, but smooth & enjoyable. The mouthfeel is WAY carbonated, which some probably won't like but I think is fantastic. There is enough body to back it up in a slightly sticky way, maybe a tad more watery than I'd expect. Drinkability is fantastic. The ABV is well hidden, emerging only as a warm echo after a sip. The flavor is balance enough to keep me coming back for more. Should I drink a whole bottle of 13% beer? Unless one of my beer buddies has his spidey sense tingling to come save me, that is one mistake I just might make.

04-12-2009 20:26:57 | More by roblowther
Photo of Floydster


2.98/5  rDev -26.2%

250 ml serving in a Chimay goblet at the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party on 3/29/09 poured from a 750 ml bottle, reviewed from notes on my cell phone

A-Mix between an amber and a medium orange, 1/2 inch fizzy, no lacing but some decent legs
S-Bananas, cherries, dark fruits, light oak, caramel, sweetness, Belgian qualities, booze, and vanilla
T-Sweet esters at the beginning, lots of sweetness in the middle, very boozy finish, more citrus later on with lots of honey and apples too, needs a lot of dry characteristic to even come close to balancing out this sweet alcohol bomb
M-Overly sweet, fruity, and boozy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, needs more carbonation, taste lingers too long
D-Could not have much more of this, you can taste all thirteen percent, way too sugary and sweet, super heavy stuff

I would have never spent forty-five dollars on this anyways but I have been pissed if I had, big letdown for me at the fest, beers that cost a fifth as much blew it away, would not drink again if I were paying for it, this one needs to spend a lot more time in the bottle

04-03-2009 00:24:24 | More by Floydster
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1%

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty yellow color ale with loads of sediment and a large pure white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet Belgian malt with notes of light toffee and some dry astringent oak. Taste is quite complex with some sweet apples notes, some sweet Belgian malt, light warming alcohol dry astringent oak. Very complex but still enjoyable and quite easily drinkable. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation with minimal alcohol. Very well done but not sure I would have this very often considering the price tag.

03-19-2009 14:19:15 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of hopdog


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Sample courtesy of Slob (thanks Bert!). One of those bigger bottles that has a hefty price tag to go along with it!

Poured a darker and clody amber color with a smaller sized head. Aromas and tastes of whiskey, wood (cedar), grapes, light alcohol and light vanilla. Interesting!

Notes from: 10/9/05

01-12-2009 21:28:52 | More by hopdog
Photo of kmo1030


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

pours a orangey brown with a light tan head.
the smell has a lot of white grape and orange components. the white grape has more than a bit of a champagne character. there is also a moderate amount of oak aging aromas, mainly of the vanilla variety. there is some spiced apple and pear aromas in there too.
the flavor has a little more oak aging to show for itself than the aroma. the champagne type characteristics are also here in abundance, but there is also a heavier caramel/toffee flavor to it that reminds you it's a beer. it's remeniscent of a caramel apple with some white grape raisin and honey thrown in the mix. it's a very unique beer. a little more than vaguely brandy and sherry-like.
the mouthfeel is actually a bit oily despite a flavor that's quite dry. the carbonation is fairly subtle, just presnt enough to move the beer along the palate.
the drinkabilty is fair, it's quite champagne-like, with an additional heavy componet, that takes it from a light drink to a something more int he after dinner vein. a good and interesting beer, but not worth the price tag unfortunately.

01-03-2009 02:56:09 | More by kmo1030
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

Ahh, Scaldis Prestige. One of the more expensive beers available. Usually goes from $40+ for a 750ml bottle, which is why I haven't had till until recently. A most generous friend brought one to a tasting; sparing my wallet. Is it worth the exorbitant price? Read on, traveler.

Unceremoniously dumped into a goblet, the liquid gold foams up a puny 1 centimeter tall head that fights for life atop the hazy, thick looking brew. Keep in mind this is 13%, so I'm not sure what I was expecting... overall it looks a little rough round the edges, but closing your eyes fixes everything.

Smell is quite sweet and dense; lots of white grapes, oak, alcohol and sugar pops out of the glass. A little vitamin B, some spice, anise and a touch more wood are all here. Good, not great.

Alright, here goes. The first thing upon tasting this beer is that I'm shocked at how carbonated this is. Surely the fizziest, crackling-ist 13% brew I've had. Nearly Champagne like, once you get past the bubbly you're rewarded with a sweet (almost syrupy), smooth nectar. The alcohol is quite noticable but for some reason I don't mind... our friend White Grape is back, along with a fresh, heavy oak note and I have to admit it all tastes pretty good... is it $40 good? Hmm.... best have some more to be sure...

Mouthfeel is again highly carbonated, body is medium with a dry, yeasty finish. Sweet oak flavor lingers on my tongue. Nice.

So should you buy this brew? That's a tough one. If spending $40 on a single bottle of ale for a special occasion doesn't phase you, then by all means. All things considered, I'm a bit nonplussed...I mean I could buy four nice bombers or a case of something decent for the price of a single Scaldis Prestige. The price looms over everything and there is no way around it.

Bottom line: A tasty, overpriced beer that just might be good for your big day.

12-07-2008 20:04:28 | More by kkipple
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Many thanks to Payson for this rare offering.

The beer pours a hazy orange /straw color, with ample tight white head that lasts for the duration of the experience, but leaves no lace on the side of my glass.

Aroma is rich and fruity, floral, with just a hint of sour fermented fruit in there, almost like an aged white grape. Alcohol combined with the strong malt backbone gives this brew a uniquely sweet aroma. Light spicing and a hint of cheese are also evident.

Flavor is much like the nose suggests but with more sweetness, alcohol, honeysuckle, and alcohol presence. Finish is very alcoholic and does not yield to the hopping that is evident... a mild earthy note which leaves a balanced flavor that finishes very strong on the alcohol. Maple syrup is there in force, as well as a barrel note.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a syrupy middle and a dry, significantly alcohol warming finish.

Overall, this is a toasting beer. one to drink to an accomplishment, a wedding, a birth, a death, a divorce. Not one to be had every evening. the alcohol and champagne-like body are daunting, and the lingering sweetness is a bit cloying. Well worth trying at least once, and an excellent brew for special occasions.

11-15-2008 04:23:11 | More by khiasmus
Photo of Ljunkan


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Really nice bottle! Big thanks to Bananaman for sharing this!

Pours a hazy orange colour with a nice white head.

Smell is a bit oaky, with some dried fruit and spices. Alcohol is noticable, but in a good way. Slight note of whiskey and cognac? I don't know, but it was something that popped up in my head. Probably because the high ABV, it's almost like smelling a "finer" spirit.

Taste is good. Oaky, fruity, spicy, notes of sour apples and vanilla. Overall this is pretty, or no, VERY sweet with slightly sour notes. The alcohol is very integreted in the taste - it's easy to drink though the high ABV. Also here it reminds me a bit of whiskey and cognac. It also reminds me of Orval a little.

Mouthfeel is pretty filling. Smooth. Nothing outstanding though.

Drinkability is quite high, or eaven dangerously high. I thought it would be harder to get down, but it was easy to drink despite 13%. You definitely need to be on your guard when drinking this.

Overall an interesting beer, even though I expected even more due to the high price. It's not really worth the money.

08-31-2008 08:56:09 | More by Ljunkan
Photo of Bananaman


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

Scaldis Prestige is a pretty expensive beer, at least here in Sweden. 159 SEK for one bottle, not really worth it, but still a nice brew.

The colour is pretty much hazy orange/light brown with lots of yeast particles.

Smells lots of oaks and some mild spicyness, pretty cool smell actually, but I think I had higher expectations.

The taste on the other hand is really nice of oaks, some smoke, really sweet, dried apricots and some hops, not very bitter though.

Some people say this is "a beer de champagne" but I don't understand that really. This is more of an really smooth belgian strong ale with lots of sweetness and oaks. Really beautiful bottle, looks nice in the glass too. Pretty easy to drink considering the high ABV.

08-31-2008 07:44:09 | More by Bananaman
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

Beautiful packaging: a 750-milliliter corked and caged bottle in a box, accompanied by two Scaldis mini-snifters. Pours a rusty orange color, completely hazed from the bottle conditioning. Carbonation is very active (like Champagne), creating a tight, über-creamy white lace with incredible head retention. Smells like an orchard, with apples, pears and a soft floral blossom in the nose. In the back is a strong, golden raisin aroma. Distinct oakiness, solvent alcohol notes and some mild caramel ups the ante. Fluffy and creamy on the palate; silky smooth. Complex as hell, with candied tropical fruits, golden raisins, dabs of caramel, green apple, and a big oaky twang backbone. Suggestions of smoke and a boozy, white lightning-like

Dangerously drinkable for a 13 percent, but this is a sniffing and sipping beer, so we did, and with every sniff and sip, the beer evolved. It's worth seeking out, and the price is worth it. By far one of the most inviting and complex beers this year.

07-24-2008 17:57:59 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of charlzm


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

Consumed 6/10/08, refrigerated since 12/07 when I bought it.

Pours a clear dark golden with orangey highlights. Some suspended sediment and plenty of carbonation (an overabundance, one in our party remarked). A pillowy off-white head forms and stays.

Aroma is massive: orange peel, huge sweet malts.

Flavor made me laugh with surprise and delight. Really. It's HUGE, with sweet, almost syrupy malts, oak notes, butterscotch, some sherry. A bit juicy as well, with a hint of green apple tartness. Flavor is not too far off from champagne, but more complex and certainly stronger. Wow. Wow.

The carbonation makes the beer far more drinkable than a similar, less fizzy beer would be.

This is a real treat, but not something I can envision really wanting again. Especially not at the price!

06-13-2008 01:46:14 | More by charlzm
Photo of largadeer


3.18/5  rDev -21.3%

Appearance: Turbid orange with tons of floaties and sediment. Not actually an attractive beer, but the head retention is excellent (no lace whatsoever though).

Smell: Heavy on the caramel and vanilla with some fruity undertones. Alcohol is present as well, providing a bit of sting.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fruit (apple and pear), mild caramel sweetness and plenty of oaky notes. Medium-bodied with fine champagne-like carbonation. The finish is dry and boozy as hell, making me wonder how harsh this stuff must've been before it was aged. After half a glass the alcohol really starts to take over the palate, drowning out the rest of the flavors. Quite a letdown from the pleasant aroma.

Notes: Gets a little better as it warms, but the astringent alcohol flavor makes this mediocre at best.

05-23-2008 22:12:36 | More by largadeer
Photo of shbobdb


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%


Nothing like celebrating your masters with a fine brew.

But this beer feels less like beer and more like carbonated calvados. I'm serious. It really tastes like someone mixed soda water and calvados.

I guess that isn't a bad thing, lots of oak, lots of apple is a good taste. And the bubbles are very small and fine, so there is a lot to be said for that. Plus that thin mouthfeel backed by ample carbonation so I guess one would describe it as "creamy".

A nice experience. From the people that drank it with me, it has broad appeal. People who liked beer, thought it was good. People who liked wine thought it was good. People who just plain liked to drink thought it was good.

But I, the guy who paid for it, didn't think it was great. A beer for celebrations and sharing. Less a beer for personally enjoying.

05-20-2008 03:14:43 | More by shbobdb
Photo of baggio


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

My 100th review and a special occasion worthy of this pricey brew! 2006 vintage!

A: Orange with a huge champagne-like head that disappears in an instant.

S: Sherrycream, Fruits, Wood and a wee hint of lemon.

T: Hay, Butterscotch, Honey, Vanilla and Bourbon.

M: Liquid is quite thin but taste is very complex. Lots of carbonation.

Yummy! This brew kicks in at a 13%ABV but still goes down very easy due to the high carbonation. Extremely complex and balanced brew. If you're into oak-aged beers this is a must try! I paid 20USD for this bottle in Belgium and i think it's worth the money!

05-10-2008 06:18:12 | More by baggio
Photo of stumac


4.83/5  rDev +19.6%

43 bucks a bottle!

pours up a peach-toned amber color with a full white head that dissapeared quickly.

aromas of instant red and green apples, pears, maybe some white grapes, little bit of a nice yeasty scent, little alcohol spice.

tastes of apple, pear, alcohol, oak.

light to medium bodied. light to medium carbonation. dry long lingering aftertaste.

Definately (due in a major part to the oak aging) a refined brew. this is one of the many beers that give beer a great name.

05-08-2008 04:10:20 | More by stumac
Photo of paulthebeerguru


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

I will say that I spent more than $40 down here in Florida...$53 actually.

Poured into a snifter. Pours a cloudy, yellowish amber with a nice white head, with good retention, which leads to minimal lacing. The aroma is almost reminding me of a Flemish sour, tart, fruity, cherries, and golden raisins. Not a hoppy beer by any means, but that was expected. Initial tastes are of raisins, apples, figs, winter spices. Some oak characteristics come out once it warms a little. The mouthfeel is very smooth, especially for 13%. Slightly creamy, crisp and clean, with a very complex palate. I would love to get more of this but I am not sure if the price tag matches the contents of the bottle.

03-06-2008 22:58:23 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of kiya


3.43/5  rDev -15.1%

Pours a deep golden hue with a thick and heavy head that remains for an unusually long time.
There's zero lacing, almost like it's cleaning the glass on the way down..
Faint smells of a sweet floral bouquet start to linger mixed with a stone fruit scent... the nose on this isn't nearly as strong as i had expected.
The mouth-feel is light and airy, with small bubbles tingling my taste buds...
The flavors are a bit muddled, I'm not able pin down what it is, but it's a cross between a faint molasses flavor and a dry oak aftertaste that lingers.
I wait seven minutes...

The brew is starting to really come alive once coming up to room temperature... It's more gentle on the tongue and the oak and woody tones are now far stronger and have come to the forefront.

This isn't the mind-blowing brew i had expected, considering i spent $40 on a bottle that served two glasses. I'll admit, i bought into the hype of the price, ABV, and bottle design.
I'd definitely drink this again, as long as somebody else was buying.

02-23-2008 05:43:02 | More by kiya
Photo of allengarvin


3.6/5  rDev -10.9%

Into my favorite wide-chalice glass, this beer is a very cloudy orange-amber color with a limpid head. The nose is sweet, very fruity, oaky. Sweet (close to cloying), caramelly start, with a lot of oakiness. Ripe fruitiness throughout. Alcohol is quite noticible in the finish, detracting from the drinkability. Body is a little watery.

Disappointment for a beer I plopped down $40 for.

01-04-2008 04:05:55 | More by allengarvin
Photo of drperm


4.7/5  rDev +16.3%

I would have rated this brew even higher, but for the $50 price tag. Ouch! Definitely a "sipping" beer (13% abv, with the fizziness to boot), with sweet notes. It pours a nice fizzy head that dies away fairly soon. The nose bursts with grass, hay, coriander, brown sugar, the ocean, and wet moss. It is sweet yet smooth, with a finish like cognac or brandy. Definitely an aperitif beer.

12-17-2007 17:08:34 | More by drperm
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Very good beer, but i am hesitant to spend the money on this bottle without first aging one for a few years. ridiculously expensive, more than it should be. I actually prefer the scaldis noel and its half the price. But dont let the price take away from the brew. It is probably the most drinkable 13% abv beer you will find. almost no alcohol on the finish, a great belgian strong with light and dark fruit flavors as well as oak scents. pours slightly hazy but quite clear with a large head ( relatively speaking). smell reaks of scaldis! suprisingly fuzzy mouthfeel. great warming effect. wait for this one to kick in before popping another because it will hit you later than you think. great brew, a bit overpriced but still way less than that coach purse your girl wants for christmas! ask for it.

12-14-2007 02:55:42 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with lots of yeast in suspension from the get-go despite resting the bottle for a considerable period of time; the foamy, fizzy head builds and drops quickly without much sticking to sides of the chalice

Smell: Rich, complex caramel malt aromas dominate, with toffee, pears, apricots, green apples, golden raisins, vanilla, oak and plenty of fusel alcohol wafting up

Taste: Starts out with fruit flavors of pear and apricot, that are quickly joined by the toffee and vanilla elements with alcohol forward; after the swallow, the bourbon elements arrive and complement rather than dominate the earlier, more delicate flavors; the finish is long and flavorful

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with considerable foaming that goes on within the mouth; hot finish - 13%

Drinkability: Definitely a beer to sip and contemplate; quite a concoction

07-28-2007 17:21:08 | More by brentk56
Photo of DogFood11


3.15/5  rDev -22%

Champagne style bottle, foiled and capped. Poured into a tulip it forms a rapidly rising eggshell white head. Head is fizzy but everlasting and leaves sliding lace. Copper body is hazy and leans towards orange with some yeast left behind.

This starts off rather fizzy and hot. Spiced backend combined with they high unhidden ABV creates a bit of jumble. Subtle type light fruitiness wich includes bananna. The brew is dominated by a champagne type fizzy carbonation and a huge alcohol swig. Peppered and slightly sticky on the backside.

Notes: I liked the brew and if you dont mind spending around 30 bucks for a special occasion this would work. However, I am one and done. It was good but not worthy of 10 times the price of some of my favorite brews.

03-25-2007 02:46:05 | More by DogFood11
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4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

Undated 750 that is silkscreened, capped and corked and finished with gold "foil". It came in a kinda cool presentation box that has a letter from the brewmaster in French and English. Purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a Kuhnhenn stemmed tulip.

Loud pop when disgorged followed by a slow but staedy gush. Hazed brown to amber with a large head of light tan. Very good retention and lots of lace, despite the high abv.

Has a very yeasty dough like aroma that is tempered by oak, dark sugars and spices, and an alcoholic aroma that has a port like character. Very well rounded.

The aromas transfer very well into the taste with some vinous raisin like notes and a hint of vanilla into a clean finish that enjoys some warmth from the abv. Outstanding! Very smooth yet full bodied for such a big ass beer. The carbonation strikes a perfect balance for the mouth. As drinkable as something this strong can be.

Very expensive but very worthy of a special occasion such as this New Year's Eve.

01-01-2007 03:34:12 | More by ypsifly
Photo of RoyalT


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Appearance – This poured out a deep, dirty brown in color with some hints of orange and an explosive head. It just had that “nasty” look about it.

Smell – There’s a lot of wood and caramel in this nose. It’s mixed with some light alcohol. There’s also an awesome musty sense here that IMO really makes the nose and gives it that nasty smell to go along with the nasty look.

Taste – The malts are gianormous at the taste and are just pounded with heavy Belgian caramel flavors. Holding this in your mouth takes you to a whole ‘nother level of sugar, this time kind of bready like pie crust with a bit of milk. I’m thinking apple pie a la mode.

One more bob into the barrel presents another level of thicker malts along with some candied sugars. Man, if you’re a malty sugar lover this one has it all. The light alcohol, found throughout, lends a sense of refinement to the flavors.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and very smooth. The carbonation I thought was a bit too much and clashed with the heavy malt character, but that was about the only fault to be found in this ale.

Drinkability – This is a smooth, big, and sweet Belgian Ale that was a treat to explore.

Comments – This is one of the few times that I HAVEN’T been disappointed with dropping some tall dollars on a beer, so I was surprised to see that others didn’t exactly fall over for it as I did.

10-21-2006 02:03:21 | More by RoyalT
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

The beer pours hazy, dark amber, rusty in color. The head is strong and sticks around for some time. Aroma is full of rich fruits and earthy wood notes. Wood from barrel aging is apparent in the taste. Despite this beer being quite strong, alcohol does not stand out; even as the beer warms up to room temperature, alcohol is subdued.

I've had a sample of this beer at BA Extreme Beer Fest in February 06. As just about every reviewer noted this beer is quite expensive ($35 at Supersaver in Somerville, NJ). I could not justify a purchase like that; however, when my birthday roled around this is bottle was high on my want list. It was a gift from my parents.

Interesting bottle. Good to try at least once. The bottle itself looks the money, but I don't think it's worth the money. However, I am in no way disappoited.

06-29-2006 03:27:43 | More by ikats
Bush Prestige from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.